I was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah. I began my art study with Bryan Drury when I was very young, and was introduced to a literal approach to art that has persisted through my education.  I continued in public school courses at Clayton Middle School and East High School until my education at Brigham Young University, where I obtained my BFA in drawing and painting. Here I learned the importance of concept and personal motivations for making art.  I currently do commissioned portraits, in addition to my personal work.  My husband and I live and work in Durham, NC.